Archive for October, 2014

First Comprehensive Investigation of Latest Israeli Assault Documents War Crimes

PRESS RELEASE
EuroMid Observer for Human Rights

Geneva –October 30, 2014

In the wake of the 50-day Israeli assault that devastated the Gaza Strip, reconstruction must not be the only priority, according to the nonprofit organization Euro-Mid Observer for Human Rights. All perpetrators of war crimes must be held to account, and Euro-Mid has taken the initial step by completing the first comprehensive investigation into Israeli actions during “Operation Protective Edge.”

“If we want young Palestinians to turn away from violent resistance in the future, they must believe that international law will be respected and enforced,” said Ihsan Adel, legal officer for Euro-Mid, a nongovernmental human rights watchdog focusing on the Middle East-North Africa region. “Our investigation documented both indiscriminate attacks on civilians by Israeli forces and their use of captured Palestinians as human shields. When the UN Human Rights Council arrives in the coming days to conducts its own investigation, our reports will already have laid the groundwork. Now it is up to the international community to demonstrate to the youth of today that the rule of law applies to everyone.” Read more »

Liberty and security: Human Rights Committee clarifies limits on detention

PRESS RELEASE
UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights

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GENEVA (30 October 2014) – The UN Human Rights Committee has issued an authoritative new commentary on one of the most important issues in international human rights law – when and how is it justified to deprive a person of their liberty, and what obligations do States have to avoid people being unlawfully or arbitrarily detained.

“Arbitrary detention is a profound threat to liberty and to the enjoyment of all other rights,” said Gerald Neuman, Committee member and rapporteur of the commentary which has now been adopted by the Committee. Read more »

Gaza: “Operation Protective Edge”

Press Release – Right Livelihood Award

International observers witness the impact of Operation Protective Edge and the closure of Gaza on human rights defenders work inside Gaza Read more »

Situation in Jerusalem

Press Release – U.S. Department of State

I strongly condemn yesterdays shooting of a U.S. citizen outside the Menachem Begin Heritage Center in Jerusalem. My thoughts and prayers are with the family. The State Department is in touch with authorities as we seek more information. Read more »

Status Quo Not Viable Option’ in Jerusalem

Press Release – UN News

Under-Secretary-General for Political Affairs Jeffrey Feltman briefs the Security Council at its meeting on the situation in the Middle East, including the Palestinian question. UN Photo/Eskinder Debebe Read more »

Settlers Destroy Palestinian Property

Press Release – International Solidarity Movement

Today at approximately 1:30 PM in the Tel Rumeida neighborhood of occupied al-Khalil (Hebron), the head of security for the illegal settlements in the area attempted to destroy the property of a Palestinian man named Muhammad Knebi. Settlers have … Read more »

Donation for Reconstruction of Gaza Schools

Press Release – UN News

29 October 2014 As the United Nations ramps up its reconstruction efforts of war-ravaged Gaza, Nobel Peace Prize Laureate, Malala Yousafzai, has announced a contribution of $50,000 to help with the rebuilding of UN schools heavily damaged during the recent … Read more »

Israel’s Settlement Expansion is an Outrage

Press Release – ITUC

Brussels, 29 October 2014 (ITUC OnLine): The ITUC has condemned Israels intention to build yet another 1,000 settlement dwellings in East Jerusalem and the occupied West Bank. Read more »

America’s special interest problem

Article – Lawrence Davidson

The problem of special interests or lobbies was one of the foremost concerns of the Founding Fathers of the United States. In their day they were called factions. James Madison, who is considered the architect of the US Constitution, devoted the entire … Read more »

Israeli Chooses “Honorable Life” Over Joining Military

Column – David Swanson

Danielle Yaor is 19, Israeli, and refusing to take part in the Israeli military. She is one of 150 who have committed themselves, thus far, to this position: We, citizens of the state of Israel, are designated for army service. We appeal to the … Read more »

“Lasting peace entails the exercise of self-determination by all peoples without discrimination” – UN rights expert

PRESS RELEASE
United Nations Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights

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NEW YORK / GENEVA (28 October 2014) – The realization of the right of self-determination is essential to maintain local, regional and international peace and must be seen as an important conflict-prevention strategy, the United Nations Independent Expert on the promotion of a democratic and equitable international order, Alfred de Zayas, said on Monday. Read more »

Netanyahu’s Announcement to Construct More Settlement Units

Press Release – Palestinian Liberation Organisation

Dr. Ashrawi: Netanyahus Announcement to Construct More Settlement Units Constitutes a Deliberate Attempt to Impose a De Facto One-state Solution Read more »

Portents of a fresh Palestinian uprising are real

By Khalid Amayreh
Source: Palestine Information Centre

14 year old Palestinian Arwa Hammad, who was shot and killed by Israeli forces

14 year old Palestinian Arwa Hammad, who was shot and killed by Israeli forces

The seemingly totally unjustified recent killing of several Palestinian children in Jerusalem by the Israeli occupation force has already infuriated the Palestinian community in a peculiarly ominous manner.

According to reliable sources in Jerusalem, the age of the four Jerusalem boys murdered by Israeli troops and messianic Jewish settlers in the span of the past few weeks didn’t exceed 14 years. The killings didn’t occur by mistake and the lives of the murderers, whether settlers or crack soldiers, were not put at risk.

In other words, the Zionist killers murdered the four kids in cold blood, irrespective of Israeli disinformation.

But what now seems to be an evolving uprising in Jerusalem has more to do with the killing of a few more Palestinians by the Israeli killing machine. Since the beginning of 2014, Israel killed more than 2200 Palestinians, injured around 10,000, and partially or completely destroyed more than 50,000 homes, especially in the Gaza Strip. These figures caricature a genocidal onslaught by Israel against a thoroughly tormented people seeking survival in the face of relentlessly nefarious Israeli Nazism. Read more »

Donor Complicity in Israel’s Violations of Palestinian Rights

Nora Lester Murad
Source: Al-Shabaka Policy Brief

Home Sweet Homeless, Gaza City (Photo: Julie Webb-Pullman)

Home Sweet Homeless, Gaza City (Photo: Julie Webb-Pullman)

Overview

Donors at the recent conference on the reconstruction of Gaza pledged an unprecedented $5.4 billion. At the same time, it can be argued that violations of Palestinian rights in Gaza – and throughout the Occupied Palestinian Territory (OPT) – would not be possible without international aid policies that, at least since the 1980s, have actively supported Israel and offered Palestinians development projects in exchange for rights.

In this policy brief, Al-Shabaka Policy Member Nora Lester Murad examines aid through the lens of “complicity” and exposes shortcomings in current legal frameworks. She argues that regardless of the limitations of applicable law, international aid actors are fundamentally responsible to those they seek to assist and must be held accountable for the harm they cause or enable. She identifies the areas in which questions need to be asked and concludes with some of the steps that Palestinian civil society and the international solidarity movement should take. Read more »

Football no fun anymore for the Bakr boys

by Julie Webb-Pullman

Brothers Montasr (left) and Younis Khamis Bakr (Photo: Yousef Al Rantisi)

Brothers Montasr (left) and Younis Khamis Bakr (Photo: Yousef Al Rantisi)

Flashback. July 16, 2014.

Boys. Beach. Sun. Sea. Sand. Football. Fun. An ordinary summers’ day like that in any other coastal city in the world.

Bomb. Blood. Missile. Martyrs. Mayhem. Mourners. An ordinary summer’s day in Gaza 2014.

Three months later the world has all but forgotten the “Bakr Boys,” the group of cousins playing on the beach that afternoon. Four of them – Ismail, Zakaria, Ahed and Mohamed – were killed. Four more survived the horror, physically at least.

Montasr, Hamada, Sayed and Younis are all now out of hospital, and could even play football again, despite legs peppered with shrapnel scars. But they don’t. Read more »

PCHR: Sourani Concludes His Visit to Japan

Press Release – Palestinian Centre For Human Rights

Sourani Concludes His Visit to Japan by Holding Press Conference in Japan National Press Club Read more »

UN expert: A drone is not a cop

PRESS RELEASE
United Nations Office of the Commissioner for Human Rights

Drone flying above Gaza City residential area

Drone flying above Gaza City residential area

A drone is not a cop – UN rights expert concerned about technologies that depersonalise the use of force

NEW YORK / GENEVA (23 October 2014) – The United Nations Special Rapporteur on extrajudicial, summary or arbitrary executions, Christof Heyns, raised concern about the increasing use of technologies that depersonalise the use of force –including armed drones– not only on the battlefield, but also in the domestic law enforcement.

During the presentation of his report* to the UN General Assembly on the use of armed drones for law enforcement, Mr. Heyns provided examples of such technology that is for sale worldwide, to be used by the police and private security firms to control demonstrations, guard strategic buildings, and to hunt down escapees. Read more »

Britain’s Real Promise to Israel; Symbolic Vote on Palestine

Press Release – Ramzy Baroud

The text of the letter was short and precise, leaving no room for any misinterpretation in the promise made by Britains Foreign Secretary, Arthur James Balfour to a powerful representative of the Jewish community in Britain, Lord Rothschild … Read more »

Support Needed for Olive Farmers in Palestinian Territory

Press Release – UN News

Olive trees in the Palestinian town of Ni’lin in 2008 were very close to expanding Israeli settlements. Photo: IRIN/Shabtai Gold Read more »

Gaza Strip: Attacks in the border areas

Press Release – Palestinian Centre For Human Rights

Gaza Strip: Attacks in the border areas and their consequences Following disengagement from the Gaza Strip in September 2005, Israel unilaterally and illegally established a so-called buffer zone, an area prohibited to Palestinians along the land … Read more »

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